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Be Determined: Get Rejected!

Imagine that you had to ask a complete stranger for a piece of gum or that you had to ask a cashier if you could pay for an item without the tax. If you’re like most, you would likely feel a bit awkward or even afraid. Afraid of what? Rejection. Whether for conventionally important “asks” […]

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There’s Something You Should Learn

I recently took my kids to see the house where I grew up. Perhaps my nostalgia was triggered by my oldest child’s impending college entrance. Whatever the reason, I wanted to show them the “hood” I roamed around unsupervised when kids could still do that sort of thing, where I learned to swim, and the […]

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It’s Working Out!

It’s been decades since I worked out. Yes, you read that right. Technically that little “s” after “decade” means 20 years! For a very long time, I convinced myself that I didn’t really have to work out. Sure, I knew it was good for me but I hated it. Thanks only to my genetics, I’m […]

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Be Disruptive

At the risk of dating myself, I admit that when I went to business school the “in the know” vocabulary included fancy words like “synergistic” and “benchmarking“. Today, when I want to seem hip, besides rattling off acronyms like OMG and LOL just loud enough to embarrass my kids, I’ll comment on how “disruptive” an innovation seems. Indeed, if you […]

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How Will You Decide? The “Good Enough” Principle

My neighbor decorated her house in three weeks. It took me one full year. While I enjoyed curling up with a glass of wine and my iPad until late in the evening, searching for just the perfect end table or bed sham, I have to admit some of my motivation for constantly comparing my options was my […]

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21 Days to a New You?

End of summer.  Beginning of school.  New Years.  Start of the fiscal year. These and other clear-cut transitions are convenient and common points in time when we often decide to make a change… to adopt a new habit.   We vow to make a fresh start… we promise to adopt a new routine. Sounds good… but […]

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Summer: A Time to Recharge

I’m not sure how summer days seem deliciously long while the summer season flies by. Whatever the rhythm, I’m grateful for the time when my family is a little less scheduled. I’ve decided to take advantage of the calm before the school storm ahead and take a break from some of my own scheduled commitments […]

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Stuck? Break Free and Reach Your Goal

Summer is in full-swing, and now is a good time to lay the groundwork for a productive fall. I hear women every day talking about how setting and reaching their personal and professional goals is always secondary to other family priorities. If you are one of those women, I really want to help you. So, […]

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How to Make a Hard Choice

There are some choices that are universally considered to be “big decisions”…where to go to school…whom to to marry… where to live…whether to have children…and of course what job to take. We see them as “big” because they seem hard. Ruth Chang, a philosopher at Rutgers University, explains that we need a new paradigm for making […]

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3 Ways to Find Your Sweet Spot

It’s 5:15 pm and I’m watching the USA play Belgium in the elimination round of the World Cup… one of those guilty pleasures that seems possible only in the summer. The pace of summer is palpably different. The kids are in camp, the traffic is lighter, and the sense of impending overload is slightly dulled. […]

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